The Guitar Repair & Building program at Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing draws students of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
Located on Southeast Technical's Red Wing campus, the Guitar Repair & Building program prepares students for a career in lutherie. Experience hands-on learning as you progress from basic repairs to the step-by-step process of building an acoustic guitar!
Beginning with the correct use of power and hand tools, our students gain a thorough understanding of woods, adhesives, history, and materials related to fretted instruments. You will practice a variety of common repairs and learn acoustic and electric guitar set-up, fretwork, finishing, and how to perform neck resets.
No previous woodworking experience or musical ability is required, but successful students are detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to sit at a workbench and stay focused on their work all day.
- First year guitar students build a flat-top steel string guitar in Guitar Repair & Building and also have the option to build an electric guitar.
- Second year students can choose to build a mandolin or archtop guitar and will also design and build their own acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or mandolin as part of the Guitar Development & Production diploma.
Our graduates are in high demand, working with music stores, independent repair shops, and instrument manufacturers. For more information, visit redwingmusicrepair.org. To become a student, apply for admission to Southeast Technical.
Electric Guitar Building (CERT)
Red Wing - 18 cr
Guitar Development and Production (DIP)
Red Wing - 39 cr
Guitar Repair and Building (DIP)
Red Wing - 39 cr
Learn more about the musical instrument repair programs on our Red Wing campus at RedWingMusicRepair.org.